You can’t think or talk your way out of trauma. Trauma is not cognitive. The mind and body are connected, and you need both to heal. The nervous system is affected by your experiences, so you need to include your nervous system in the healing process experience. EMDR therapy is designed to incorporate the mind and the body into the process without having to talk about it.


What is EMDR? (Eye Movement Desensitization & Reprocessing)


EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing), as with most therapy approaches, focuses on the individual’s present concerns. The EMDR approach believes past emotionally charged experiences are overly influencing your present emotions, sensations, and thoughts about yourself. 


As an example: “Do you ever feel worthless although you know you are a worthwhile person?” EMDR processing helps you break through the emotional blocks that are keeping you from living an adaptive, emotionally healthy life. EMDR uses rapid sets of eye movements, tactile tapping and/or auditory stimulations (Bilateral Stimulation) to help you update disturbing experiences, much like what occurs when we sleep. During sleep, we alternate between regular sleep and REM (rapid eye movement). This sleep pattern helps you process things that are troubling you. EMDR replicates this sleep pattern by alternating between sets of bilateral stimulations and brief reports about what you are noticing. This alternating process helps you update your memories to a healthier present perspective. 


What is different about EMDR? 



What does an EMDR session look like?


Overall Treatment Planning: 


The EMDR session: 


Common questions about EMDR:


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